American Cancer Society en Concerns Remain Over Smokeless Tobacco, Blamed In Tony Gwynn's Death <p></p><p>The baseball world is mourning the death of Tony Gwynn. One of the all-time baseball greats died this week at the age of 54 from oral cancer. Gwynn, who spent his entire career with the San Diego Padres, like many of his fellow players, used smokeless tobacco. Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly, who said he never smoked or used smokeless tobacco, recently announced that his oral cancer had returned and has undergone additional surgery. Despite efforts to discourage its use, some baseball players still use smokeless tobacco, a leading cause of oral cancers, according to Dr. Todd Doyle, Chief of Radiation Oncology at New York Oncology-Hematology. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:34:26 +0000 Brian Shields 92875 at Concerns Remain Over Smokeless Tobacco, Blamed In Tony Gwynn's Death Study Finds NY 21st In Funding To Stop Smoking <p></p><p>A national coalition of anti-smoking advocates has ranked New York 21st among states in funding for smoking cessation programs.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 17:57:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 80729 at Study Finds NY 21st In Funding To Stop Smoking More State Funding Sought For Anti-Smoking Programs <p></p><p>Today is the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, an effort begun by anti-cancer groups nearly four decades ago to help people quit smoking. This year the Cancer Society in New York is using the day to call attention to a decline in state spending on anti-smoking programs. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 23:07:00 +0000 Karen Dewitt 78311 at More State Funding Sought For Anti-Smoking Programs Hospital Grounds Smoking Ban Signed Into Law <p>ALBANY – Legislation that would prohibit smoking outdoors on the grounds of hospitals and residential healthcare facilities has been signed into law by the governor.</p><p>The legislation, sponsored by Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee (D, Suffern), prohibits smoking outdoors including within 15 feet of a building entrance or exit or within 15 feet of the entrance to or exit from the grounds.</p><p>At residential health care facilities, patients or guests of patients, will be allowed to smoke outdoors in a designated smoking area.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:39:03 +0000 Hank Gross 70726 at Hospital Grounds Smoking Ban Signed Into Law Question of the Day - Cancer Rates Cancer rates — particularly lung cancer rates — are significantly higher in upstate than in New York City, according to an American Cancer Society report released this week. What do you make of the findings? Thu, 09 Aug 2012 12:59:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 45111 at Blair Horner : New York Can't Stop Fighting Big Tobacco <p>A new report from the federal government&rsquo;s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) contains good news and bad news about smoking in America.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; First the good news, according to the CDC, total cigarette consumption continued an 11-year downward trend with a 2.5 percent decline from 2010 to 2011. &nbsp;<br /> Mon, 06 Aug 2012 19:45:00 +0000 44867 at Blair Horner: New York's cancer burden <p></p><p>Cancer takes a staggering toll on New Yorkers.&nbsp; More than 107,000 New Yorkers were diagnosed with cancer in 2011, and more than 34,000 died from the disease.&nbsp; A different perspective is that roughly 2,000 New Yorkers are diagnosed with cancer and 660 individuals die from cancer&nbsp;<em>each week</em>.</p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 19:27:29 +0000 43818 at Blair Horner: Regulating Cigars <p>It&rsquo;s summertime.&nbsp;</p><p>That means kids swimming in the pool, going to camp and &ndash; of course - smoking their first cigar.</p><p>Shocked?&nbsp; Every year, more than 1,000,000 kids try their first cigar.&nbsp; And, if the cigar companies have their way, you won&rsquo;t be able to do much about it.</p><p>After intensive lobbying by cigar companies, Congress is about to vote on an amendment that would exempt many cigars from any regulation at all.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 19:45:00 +0000 41833 at